Uganda is on top of the political drama game after MPs were seen fighting each other over President Yoweri Museveni’s 31 years of ruling.
The Ugandan law currently bans anyone over the aged of 75 from holding the country’s highest office, meaning current President Yoweri Museveni, 73, is ineligible to run in the next election.
The fight started after some opposition ministers accused ruling party members of carrying guns, sparking a fierce argument which turned into pushing and eventually brawling.
Punches and chairs were thrown as ministers fought on tables and across rows of seats before plainclothes secret service agents hauled members of the opposition from the main chamber of parliament, located in Kampala.
Opposition leaders say Museveni, who has ruled the country since helping to overthrow previous Ugandan leaders Idi Amin and Milton Obote, is attempting to establish a rule for life.
Museveni has so far refused to be drawn into the argument on whether or not he wants to run at the next election, saying that the issue is ‘not important’.
Police have violently broken up street demonstrations protesting the effort to amend the constitution, arresting scores since the past week.
Although Museveni warned in the past that Africa’s problem was leaders ‘who want to overstay in power,’ he has since said he was speaking about leaders who were not elected.
Uganda has never seen a peaceful change of power since independence from Britain in 1962.
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